Volunteers help fight against hunger

2019-07-24 06:02
Volunteers of FNB gave up 67 minutes of their time to participate in the Rise Against Hunger initiative on Mandela Day. From the left are Nosipho Mpiti, Marna Meyer and Selente Stander.

Volunteers of FNB gave up 67 minutes of their time to participate in the Rise Against Hunger initiative on Mandela Day. From the left are Nosipho Mpiti, Marna Meyer and Selente Stander.

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Sun Windmill Bloemfontein joined countless others in celebrating Mandela Day on 18 July.

The staff committed their 67 minutes in a fight against hunger.

Joined by private entities and non-government and private sector organisations, they made food parcels for the Rise Against Hunger initiative in aid of children in underprivileged communities.

This food packing drive is an ongoing, nationwide partnership between Sun International and Rise Against Hunger.

The joint effort was continued on Mandela Day under the theme “This is possible”.

On Thursday, teams of volunteers packed food parcels at the Windmill’s premises in Bloemfontein in the hope of feeding over 59 000 preschool children for a year.

Approximately 18 000 meals were packed.

This campaign was dedicated to as good gesture as part of 67 Minutes for Mandela Day, a campaign dedicated to former and the late President of South Africa Nelson Mandela’s life.

Rise Against Hunger launched a campaign to align with the United Nations’ sustainable development goals, with a goal of achieving “zero hunger by the year 2030”.

The campaign launch in South Africa was prompted by the millions of children who go hungry daily.

Starvation reportedly kills more people annually than HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined.

In 2017, 6,8 million South Africans reportedly experienced starvation.

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